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Madan Puri is known most for his villainous roles in the 400 odd films that he did. Yes, he started off as a leading man in a few films and then retired as a gentle family man on-screen. However, the fame that came his way was through many a film that he did as a villain.

Madan Puri was born in 1915. From his childhood, Madan Puri wanted to become a hindi film hero. In 1943, Madan Puri came to Bombay to make it big in hindi films.

After 3 years of struggle, Madan Puri got his first break in hindi films with Ahinsa (1946). Madan Puri did many mythological films in the early years of his career. With the coming of late 50s, Madan Puri started getting character roles in plenty.

In early 60s, Madan puri’s career bloomed to its fullest with good roles in big banner films like Rakhi (1962), Kashmir Ki Kali (1964), Waqt (1965) and Phool aur Paththar (1966). Madan Puri never got typecast and successfully carried off both villainous and character roles. His roles in Upkar (1967), Aankhen (1968), Aradhana (1969) and Ittefaq (1969) were also a few more of his memorable characters.

Madan Puri was easily one of the most popular and busy actors in the 70s. At one side, he did evilish roles like in Deewaar (1975) and Rafoo Chakkar (1975) and then he also played nice man in Dulhan wohi jo Piya mann bhaaye (1977), Akhiyon ke Jharokhe se (1978) and Noorie (1979) to perfection. In the 80s, Madan Puri’s number of films started getting decreasing due to his hearlth problems. Although he made brief appreances in many a film right till 1985. On January 13, Madan Puri passed away due to heart attack.

He is the elder brother of famous actors Amrish Puri and Om Shiv Puri. Follow #bollywoodirect

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